June was a very busy month for TCU's recruitment of their 2011 class- the commitments from Desoto receivers White & Porter finished a month that saw five new Frogs give their pledges to the school and brought the class to a total of twelve. Patterson and his staff went back to the deep talent well that is East Texas for #13 on July 9th, when Lufkin defensive back Travoskey Garrett committed.
Garrett, who stands 6'1" and weighs in at 186lbs, has been listed as both a cornerback and a safety by different publications. Kind of reminds you of another East Texas player for TCU: Jason Teague, who held down one corner for the Frogs the past two years at 6'2" 197lbs.
He was also a bit of a late-comer to football, having not played the sport until the 9th grade. A quick learner, I suppose, since he was All-District as a junior and senior. He as also a standout in track & field for the Panthers, excelling in the triple jump and the 400m- and 800m-relays. That kind of raw athleticism and accelerated learning on the football field reminds me of yet another East Texas Frog: Jake Kirkpatrick, who played just ONE year of high school football in Tyler after having been a basketball player before (at his size- I know!). Kirkpatrick is about to be a millionaire.
And to be honest, there's just not a whole lot out there about Garrett. No highlight film on youtube, nor one on Rivals. It's not readily apparent that he had a whole lot of offers from which to choose. It's almost as if you would've had to watch him play in person to know how good he is. Kind of like yet another Frog (although not from East Texas): Tank Carder. If you've paid attention to TCU recruiting over the years, you know that quite often it's the recruit that you know nothing about that ends up being the star of the team.
A combination of Jason Teague, Jake Kirkpatrick and Tank Carder? Sign him up!